This week culminates on the field between Blue Springs South and Blue Springs for four intense quarters of football under the Friday night lights. However, the rest of the week has been a joint effort from both high schools to make a positive impact on our community.

Community Unity Week is a district-wide commitment in which the Jaguars and Wildcats join together to give back to our community. Each school puts asides its differences in order to collect non-perishable food items and essential personal items. Last year, we were able to completely fill the pantry of the Blue Springs Community Services League. This shows the passion and generosity of our district and builds on the worthy tradition that is Community Unity Week.

Each year, the student senators from each school meet to determine how to ensure the best outcome. Last year we started a new tradition of involving all district elementary and middle schools. Due to their great success, it was clear that their participation is valuable, so it is now a permanent part of the tradition. For the second year, we were joined by future Jaguars and Wildcats in our Community Unity canned food drive.

This week all participating schools helped collect non-perishable food and hygiene products that are now available to members of our community. Each school’s contribution shows their passion for our community and willingness to make it a better place. Students also showed their generosity by bringing in donations of jeans, coats, gloves, and other clothing items to help give appropriate clothing to those in need this winter.

Not only is this compassion showed by our students but by our locally owned Blue Springs Chick-fil-A, which again offered to host a spirit competition at its Blue Springs location throughout Community Unity Week; each half of the restaurant was decorated to display spirit for either Blue Springs South High School or Blue Springs High School. If you ate at Chick-fil-A this week and mentioned which high school you were rooting for in the Cat Clash, a portion of your bill was designated to go to that school. The results from the entire week will be announced at halftime of Friday’s football game, and the side of town with the most spirit will receive 10 percent of the profits from the entire week. That school will then decide where to donate the money. We cannot thank Chick-fil-A enough for its generous and unwavering support.

And finally, thank YOU. Those of you who purchased the special edition of The Examiner are helping the Community Services League pay for utility bills for local families in need. We would like to thank the entire community for their support; their passion has once again proved it is always a great day to be a Jaguar!